July, 2018 - In This Issue:
From the Desk of Our Executive Director
For 38 years, 4Cs of Alameda County has been a sponsor of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), providing reimbursements and support to enable family child care providers to serve healthy, nutritious food to children in their care. In 2017 alone, almost 1.5 million meals were paid for through 4Cs CACFP program for children in 386 family child care homes. It is with a heavy heart that this July will be our final month administering the CACFP. As program expenses rose and program expenses became cost prohibitive, terminating our contract was a very difficult decision for 4Cs' leadership team and Board of Directors.

While our sponsorship of the CACFP is ending, 4Cs is still committed to providing support, training, and resources to child care providers to promote children's health, nutrition, and safety. We will also continue to offer CalFresh enrollment assistance. And our agency will persist in finding opportunities to bring more health and nutrition resources to families and child care providers. 

As we work with the state and our partners to transition 4Cs' current CACFP providers into the hands of new CACFP sponsors, I would be remiss if I didn't thank our food program participants for entrusting us with this work for almost four decades. It has been an honor and a privilege to enter your homes, become a part of your child care families, and walk along with you as we worked toward providing as many children as possible with the healthiest start in life.

I also must thank our wonderful Child Health and Nutrition staff for being a huge reason why the CACFP was successful for so many years. The children and child care providers whose lives our staff have impacted are countless, and the impact their knowledge about, and dedication to, the CACFP will be remembered for many years to come. 

Finally, to the fearless manager of 4Cs' Child Health and Nutrition Program, Stephanie Clarke: You have lead the Child Health and Nutrition team for more than two decades with a grace, determination, and creativity that only the greatest of leaders have. We wish you luck as your next chapter in a new state begins. Know that 4Cs staff will do our best to stay sugar and sweetened beverage-free and remain physically active in your absence. You will be missed!      
Be well,

Renee S. Herzfeld

P.S. You can read more about the CACFP program's transition here.
Measure A Update
Onward to 2020

With the disappointing defeat of Measure A in June by just .48 percent of the 66.67 percent of  votes necessary to pass, Alameda County early care and education advocates and community members have met multiple times to discuss the next steps of this important initiative. On July 10th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to place the updated  Alameda County Childcare, Preschool, and Early Education Measure on the ballot in the upcoming election. Since July 10th's meeting, the Board of Supervisors  received preliminary polling results and analysis of June 2018 election results. Based on the data, on June 24th the Board of Supervisors affirmed their support of early care and education and discussed waiting until 2020 to put another measure on the ballot. Advocates and community leaders wholeheartedly agree that, with continued groundwork and community input, putting a similar initiative on the ballot in either March or November 2020 is definitely possible. While many in the community are disappointed that we must wait at least until 2020 to vote yes for our youngest learners, there is much to do between now and then. Your voice makes a difference! Write to your district representative , vote for candidates and measures that support families, join 4Cs as we continue to advocate for equitable access to quality early care and education , and continue to share with you neighbors, friends, and family about the importance of early learning opportunities for all Alameda County children.     
Congratulations CCIP Graduates!
56 Providers Participated in Child Care Initiative Project Program

Pictured below are the 22 family child care providers and 3 staff members who attended the recent end-of-year celebration dinner for the Child Care Initiative Project (CCIP). These participants completed a year of training and support to enhance their family child care businesses. Some of them opened new businesses, others improved their existing business practices and worked toward increasing their program quality. We congratulate them for their hard work and dedication.

2018 CCIP Graduates
Join 4Cs for 45th Anniversary Reception
Save the Date

On Thursday evening, September 13th, 4Cs of Alameda County will celebrate 45 years serving our community with a reception celebration. September 13th will be an evening for supporters and friends of 4Cs. Tickets will be available on August 1st at  www.4calameda.org. W e hope that you can join us. 

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